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Lecture 4

Abnormal psychology Lecture 4- research methods

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY 606
Professor
Tara M Burke
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 4 Conceptualization: refinement and specification of abstract concepts 1. Identify a concept ­ Concept/ Construct: abstract idea, thought, notion ­ commonly used concepts: race, racism, social class, homosexuality Conceptualization: the process through which we produce a specific agreed­upon meaning for the purpose  of research  2. Come to some agreed upon conventional definition of the concept Nominal definition: agreed upon or conventional definition to be used 3. Locate Indicators  Indicators:  a sign of the presence or the absence of the concept 4. Plot the dimensions (look at the many sides of the concept) Social Class: educating, wealth, income, source of income, employment, background Love: physical, emotional, relational, spiritual… 5. Create an operational definition Operational Definition: very clear, precise and measureable definition that is agreed upon Operationalization: developing specific research procedures that will result in observing that concept in  the real world ­ How will you measure it?  e.x. “Blondes have more fun” – but, how do you measure fun? ­ When you measure, you have a range of choices in terms of how to construct and measure your  variables  Mutually Exclusive & Exhaustive  Exclusive: fit into one and ONLY one category Exhaustive: everyone can fit into a category (no one is excluded) Example (problem case): What was your pre­tax income last year?
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